Oh Brooklyn Tweed, how I love you. Let me count the ways....
Brooklyn Tweed is actually based in Portland but at one time in its life called Brooklyn home. I pretty much love everything about this yarn company. The thing that caught my eye first was BT, as a company, are into thoughtful production- taking wool from American breeds of sheep, using minimal processing, and keeping each step of the supply chain in country and sourced from partners with ethical business practices. I like that. Even as knitters and weavers, we can make a difference.
Moving past their business practices, they offer a large collection of wonderful patterns. (They also offer a lot of free tutorials on their blog.) The knitwear they curate is modern, sleek, thoughtful, and more often than not, very beautiful. It meshes with my personal tastes as a knitter very well. Coupled with this is their yarn. I have now had experience with two of their lines. Vale is their laceweight yarn offering and Shelter a worsted, sweater weight yarn.
I am currently playing with their Shelter line, which is a Targhee-Columbia blend. For all you spinners out there, it really is a woolen spun yarn. It is so light and squishy! I love it. I am using it to knit a sweater, which I know will be warm without being super heavy because of this woolen delight. Because of how it is spun, there are some thinner and thicker parts to the yarn, giving it a more "rustic" appearance. Also, because of the minimal processing, you sometimes come across a little bit of veggie matter. For being so wooly, it actually is surprisingly soft. I haven't gotten to the wet blocking stage of my project, but word on the street is that this final step really helps this yarn sing. This is going to be a definite go-to yarn for me when knitting sweaters.